SAN FRANCISCO -- USC added to its win streak against the California Golden Bears on Thursday, making it eight in a row with a 30-9 victory. With the game being Cal's homecoming, the Trojans defense made itself at home, holding the Cal offense scoreless for three quarters, racking up five turnovers and giving their struggling offense great field position throughout the night. USC's average starting point was its own 43-yard line.
Barkley to Woods
Two weeks ago versus Arizona, Matt Barkley broke the USC single-game passing record while Robert Woods was just yards away from breaking USC's single-game receiving record. It was a different story against Cal. Barkley connected with Woods five times for only 36 yards. The big yards were there for the taking, though. Barkley threw a few balls just out of Woods' reach. For most of the night, it looked like the two were a step behind or ahead of each other.
A bye week can be a momentum killer for an offense, especially for the quarterback and receivers, by disrupting the speed and preparation of a game from week to week. In practice, routes are run and balls are thrown and caught, but the speed and timing from practice to game is difficult to simulate. And with Barkley and Woods not having a game in 12 days before Thursday, the timing they've built over the season was off.